In general, operating mode "RED" will likely remain in place until January 31. This means that classroom teaching will not take place until further notice. However, in contrast to the previous situation, it is once again possible to check out books from the library on campus, since we are using a system there that does not rely on the presence of staff. Our corona service instruction and FAQs will be revised and promptly posted accordingly.
Given the current pandemic situation, we have agreed to conduct examinations in online platforms, especially open book examinations or oral examinations via videoconference, in addition to classroom examinations, if possible. Purely online exams with mandatory video cameras for exam proctoring are not possible on the grounds of data protection. However, this is permitted for oral examinations that are conducted online.
Conventional classroom examinations are generally permitted. However, we ask you to check whether online forms can be used instead from the examiner's point of view.
The scheduled classroom examinations will take place starting on January 18; this applies in particular to subjects in which open book examinations and oral examinations are not possible. For classroom examinations, the protective measures specified in the university's hygiene concept apply (distance, mask at your workplace, etc.).
To continue to meet the special challenges of the corona pandemic, contrary to past practices, non-attendance of classroom examinations in winter semester 2020/21 will be considered a withdrawal, and students will not be held responsible for giving a reason. This will also address the situation where students are unable to provide proof of contact with an infected person despite known contact due to the lack of functional contact tracing by the public health authorities.
All the best for the new year!